Arts & Culture, Features, Fuinneamh

TikTok: It’s Like Vine, But Different

By: Meghan McEniry Brosnan Ever since Vine shut down in 2016, the internet has cried, begged and tweeted for a replacement to their beloved app, but nothing has come close. However, with the rise of TikTok, has the day finally arrived? What exactly is TikTok? TikTok is a video-sharing app with more than 500 million users worldwide that lets you …


Arts & Culture, Fuinneamh

Lover by Taylor Swift review: A return to form

The quintessential American sweetheart is back with a fantastic seventh album. Lover has got us talking almost as much as we did when the Katy Perry – Taylor Swift feud was a thing. The album is a welcome return to form after the indulgent misstep that was Reputation. Lover possesses a new attitude that is just as spellbinding as her …


Closing One Door to Open Another: An Interview with Lost Boys

By: Christine Costello [Note: This interview was originally published in November 2018 issue of An Focal – Lost Boys new single Gemini is out now.] Lost Boys are a 4 piece Irish pop band putting a modern twist on old school pop music. The group is based out of Limerick city and consists of Peadar Storey, aged 22 on vocals …

UCH Releases Winter Cinema Line-Up

The University Concert Hall (UCH) have announced their slate of films for the upcoming Winter season. The screenings kick off on Monday, September 23rd with a screening of the timeless Grease. The 1978 musical made household names of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, and the songs from the soundtrack have becoming ingrained into the public consciousness, like any good musical. …

Game On At UL: Esports Research Lab Opens

By: Mike Finnerty Ireland’s first-ever Esports research lab has opened at the University of Limerick. Lero, a cutting-edge Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centre, will conduct studies to boost the performance of international standard amateur and professional Esports players. It is hoped that UL will become the proving ground for Ireland’s next Esports superstar. Esports, or competitive video gaming, has …

Not So Marvel-Ous: Why The Success Of Avengers Is Bad For Films

By: Mike Finnerty Avengers: Endgame has decimated every box office opening weekend record in existence. United Kingdom, India, China, North America, Ireland’s records all fell before Thanos and friends. The fourth Avengers film surpassed even its own lofty expectations by delivering a 1.2 billion dollar opening weekend – nearly double of the previous record holder, Infinity War, which was released …

Limerick Celebrates April Is Poetry Month

By: Ibinabo Enebi Headline photo courtesy of Limerick Writers Centre: L-R John W. Sexton, Cllr James Collins Dominic Taylor Limerick City celebrates a month-long event of exciting poetry, exhibitions and film as the Limerick Writers Centre marks this year’s April is Poetry Month. The Limerick City and County Mayor, Councillor James Collins speaking at the press launch of the event …

First PS5 Details Revealed

By: Mike Finnerty The tech wizards over at Wired Magazine were fortunate enough to sit down with Mark Cerny, lead system architect for the PS4, and he talked them through the technical details for the still-unannounced PS5. The most significant addition to the PS5 will be the addition of a Solid State Drive. For those among us who have upgraded …

The Summer 2019 Movie Guide

By: Mike Finnerty With another academic year winding down, we’re on the way to the summer season. There’s no World Cup to distract everyone this year, so entertainment companies feel confident to actually release stuff again. With Love Island set to dominate TV screens again this summer, the cinema will become a place of refuge from vapid attention seekers. Here’s …

Pet Semetary Review: Smarter Than Your Average Remake

By: Ciara Mannion Horror, mystery and the supernatural all come together for director’s Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer makeover of the 1989 film adaptation of Pet Sematary. Based on Stephen King’s classic novel, the film focuses on the family’s disturbing dealings with death. Starring Jason Clarke (finally not playing a character who’s being cheated on) Amy Seimetz (reminding us how …